Latest: Syrian man wanted for alleged bomb plot in Germany 'had links to IS'

Update (1.27pm): A Syrian man arrested on suspicion of planning a bomb attack in eastern Germany is believed to have contacts in the so-called 'Islamic State' (IS) group, according to police.

Latest: Syrian man wanted for alleged bomb plot in Germany 'had links to IS'

Update (1.27pm): A Syrian man arrested on suspicion of planning a bomb attack in eastern Germany is believed to have contacts in the so-called 'Islamic State' (IS) group, according to police.

Jaber Albakr, 22, had been on the radar of the country's domestic intelligence agency since last month, and there had been "hints" he may have been planning something, Saxony police chief Joerg Michaelis said.

Mr Michaelis said that at this stage of the investigation, "the behaviour and actions of the suspect currently speak for an IS context".

Albakr came to Germany as a refugee in 2015 and had been granted asylum.

Earlier:

German police have detained a 22-year-old Syrian man suspected of preparing a bomb attack, following a nationwide hunt.

Police in the eastern state of Saxony tweeted on Monday that Jaber Albakr was detained overnight in Leipzig.

Albakr, from the Damascus area of Syria, escaped the authorities on Saturday during a raid of his apartment in nearby Chemnitz. Investigators said they found "several hundred grams" of a volatile explosive hidden there.

The raid came after Saxony police were given a tip from Germany's domestic intelligence service that Albakr may be planning an attack.

German media has reported that Albakr is believed to be connected to Islamic extremist groups.

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